8/20/2015

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Saturday September 5th, Mark 7:  20 He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' 21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "  In the original writing of scripture there is no numbering.  Verse 21 and verse 22 are just one long list.  We tend to get caught up on verse 21 and forget all about 22.  Perhaps we would be better off putting our focus on verse 22.  Wow, how politics as usual would change.  Verse 21 tends to give us things in which we can get away with by pointing our fingers at someone else.  Verse 22 looks and the fingers on our own hand pointing back at us.  If I was going to preach on this text, I would take verse 21 out and place it on the end as an addendum.  The text was meant to clean up our hearts, not someone else’s heart.  

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